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galaxy: draws spinning galaxies


galaxy - draws spinning galaxies


galaxy [-display host:display.screen] [-foreground color] [-background color] [-window] [-root] [-mono] [-install] [-visual visual] [-ncolors integer] [-delay microseconds] [-cycles integer] [-count integer] [-size integer] [-tracks] [-no-tracks] [-spin] [-no-spin]



The galaxy program draws spinning galaxies.


galaxy accepts the following options:
Draw on a newly-created window. This is the default.
Draw on the root window.
If on a color display, pretend we're on a monochrome display.
Install a private colormap for the window.
-visual visual
Specify which visual to use. Legal values are the name of a visual class, or the id number (decimal or hex) of a specific visual.
-ncolors integer
How many colors should be used (if possible). Default 64. The colors used cycle through the hue, making N stops around the color wheel.
-cycles integer
-count integer
-size integer
Display the current frame rate and CPU load.


to get the default host and display number.
to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.


Copyright © 1994 by Hubert Feyrer.

Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation.


Original Amiga version by Uli Siegmund <uli [at]>
 for EGS in Cluster.

Ported from Cluster/EGS to C/Intuition by Harald Backert.

Ported to X11 and xlockmore by Hubert Feyrer <hubert.feyrer [at]>, 30-Sep-94.

Modified by David Bagley <bagleyd [at]>, 23-Oct-94.

Modified by Dave Mitchell <davem [at]>, 7-Apr-97.

Ability to run standalone or with xscreensaver added by Jamie Zawinski <jwz [at]>, 10-May-97.


X(1), xscreensaver(1), xlock(1)